This is in reference to your editorial, “Destin puts topless to the test,” dated Jan. 24.
I must agree with you that the responsibility for selecting the industrial park (which fronts on Airport Road) as zoning for the proposed topless dancing establishment is the Destin City Council’s.
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However, you then implied that Councilman Jim Foreman and I, Councilman Larry Williges, shared partial responsibility for its approval and that our objections “carry a whiff of hypocrisy.” This is a half-truth. Neither Jim Foreman nor I were members of the City Council when the agreement between the city and the principals of the desired adult strip club was approved on Feb. 16, 2010. I was then sitting out a two-year waiting period to rerun for the council, as I had reached term limits in March 2008. Jim Foreman was not on the council then and did not participate in the settlement agreement or its signing.
Also contained in your editorial is a reference to “raunchy antics” that sometimes occur at Crab Island and that Destin “already tolerates and even celebrates” these activities.
Please be advised that the city of Destin does not have any authority over Crab Island or any activities that occur there.
For the record, I am not in favor of strip clubs anywhere in the city because of the increased victimless crimes, predatory crimes and opportunistic crimes that accompany such businesses. Public safety is further compromised by the increased sale and use of controlled substances and driving under the influence due to alcohol sales and consumption.
— LARRY WILLIGES
Destin City Council